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[CALL TO ORDER]

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SEVENTH, 2024.

THE TIME IS 5:02 PM I'M GONNA CALL, UM, THIS REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE, UH, URBAN CITY OF AUSTIN URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, COMMISSION TO ORDER.

UM, WITH THAT, AS ALWAYS, OUR FIRST ITEM IS PUBLIC COMMUNICATION ON GENERAL ITEMS. DO WE HAVE ANY SPEAKERS SIGNED UP VIRTUALLY OR IN PERSON TO SPEAK ON ITEMS NOT ON OUR AGENDA.

OKAY.

GIVING THAT A SECOND.

LOOKS LIKE WE DO NOT.

[1. Approve the minutes of the Urban Transportation Commission REGULAR MEETING on April 2, 2024. ]

SO THAT TAKES US TO OUR FIRST ITEM, UH, APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

ITEM NUMBER ONE ON OUR AGENDA.

COMMISSIONERS.

THAT WAS PRECIATE VIA EMAIL.

IT'S ALSO IN THE PACKET FOR THOSE HERE IN PERSON, UH, YOU COULD TAKE A BEAT AND REVIEW THOSE.

I WILL MOVE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? A SEC.

SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER BROOKS.

ANY DISCUSSION AMENDMENTS OF THE MINUTES? ALL RIGHT.

I'LL CALL FOR A VOTE ON THOSE MINUTES.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND OR SAY, AYE, LOOKS LIKE COMMISSIONER ORTIZ JUST, JUST DROPPED INTO THE ZOOM.

I SEE EVERYBODY ELSE PUT HER, IF YOU COULD LET US KNOW YOUR VOTE ON THAT.

ARE YOU THERE? COMMISSIONER ORTIZ? OKAY.

WE'LL JUST CALL HER ABSENT ON THAT VOTE.

OKAY.

WE HAVE QUORUM, SO WE'RE GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, THERE WE GO.

THOSE PASS.

AND YOU DO, OH, I'M GONNA ADD YOU.

THAT IS UNANIMOUS OF THOSE IN ATTENDANCE HERE WITH COMMISSIONER ORTIZ SLIDING IN.

GREAT.

THANK YOU GUYS.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE DO HAVE, UM, TWO DISCUSSION ITEMS. UM, TWO, UH, AND SEVERAL ACTION ITEMS TODAY, COMMISSIONERS.

I DO THINK THIS IS A PRETTY FULL AGENDA FOR US.

SO, UM, JUST LET'S TRY TO ALL CONDUCT OURSELVES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THAT IN MIND, THAT, UH, OF THE TIME THAT WE DO HAVE TODAY.

UM,

[2. Update on I35 Cap and Stitch ]

SO WITH THAT, I'LL CALL UP OUR FIRST PRESENTERS.

IT'S I 35 CAP ANDIT PRESENTERS, MICHELLE, MARK, SHANNON RILEY, LAUREN RAMIREZ FROM TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, USUALLY JUST ANY ONE OF THOSE.

UH, MAKE SURE YOU'RE GREEN AND FOR YOUR PRESENTATION, AND WE'LL JUST, UH, TRY TO GET YOU GET THROUGH OUR PRESENTATION.

USUALLY JUST LET YOU GO AND THEN AT THE END WE'LL ASK QUESTIONS.

THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, HELLO COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TODAY.

UM, AGAIN, MY NAME'S MICHELLE MARKS.

I AM A TRANSPORTATION OFFICER WITH TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS, UM, AND I MANAGE OUR STRATEGIC PROJECTS GROUP, UM, ONE OF OUR MOST STRATEGIC PROJECTS AT THE MOMENT BEING THE, UM, I 35 CAP AND STITCH, UH, PROGRAM AND PROJECT.

SO, UM, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE TO BRIEF YOU ALL, UM, ON THE, THE WORK WE'VE CONDUCTED TO DATE AND, UM, PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE, UM, PUBLIC CONVERSATION THAT WE'RE ABOUT TO EMBARK UPON.

UM, SO LOOKING FORWARD TO JUST DOING A LITTLE BIT OF CATCH UP, UM, ABOUT WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, AND, UM, LOOKING AHEAD, UH, TO SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE'LL BE ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY ON, UM, IN THE UPCOMING CALENDAR YEAR.

SO, WITH THAT, I'LL KICK US OFF HERE.

ALRIGHT.

UM, SO I DON'T THINK ANY OF US ARE A STRANGER TO WHAT I 35 LOOKS LIKE TODAY.

UM, IT'S, UM, A PLEASANT MIX OF, UH, CONCRETE BERMS, UH, ON ONE END OF, UH, DOWNTOWN, AND THEN ON THE OTHER END OF DOWNTOWN, UM, THE INVERSE, A CONCRETE CANYON.

SO THIS HAS BEEN A DIVIDER IN OUR COMMUNITY, AS WE KNOW FOR DECADES, UM, A LITERAL PHYSICAL BARRIER.

UM, AND WE'RE REALLY EXCITED, UM, TO HAVE, UM, WHAT REALLY IS A TRANSFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITY, UM, IN FRONT OF US, UM, WITH TEXT DOTS PROJECT TO LOWER AND WIDEN THE MAIN LANES OF THE FREEWAY.

THIS DOES CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CITY, UM, TO LEVERAGE THAT WORK, UM, TO CREATE SOME ENHANCEMENTS FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, WITH ALL OF OUR CAPPING OPPORTUNITIES, WHICH I'LL WALK THROUGH IN JUST A MOMENT, WE DO HAVE, UM, A CHANCE AS A CITY TO, UM, BASICALLY CREATE ALMOST 30 ACRES OF NEW REAL ESTATE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR CITY.

SO THIS IS, UM, I MEAN, QUITE LITERALLY A MONUMENTAL, UM, ONCE IN A GENERATION, UM, MOMENT FOR THIS CITY TO LITERALLY CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF CENTRAL AUSTIN.

UM, POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF, OF LOOKING AT OPPORTUNITIES OF FREEWAY TO CAP THE FREEWAY, UM, INCLUDE NOT JUST THE PHYSICAL RECONNECTION, UM, OF EAST AND WEST AUSTIN, UM, THAT WE HAVE, UM, BEEN EXPERIENCING OVER, YOU KNOW, SINCE THE 1950S AND SIXTIES WITH THE ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION OF I 35.

BUT, UM, WITH THIS NEW REAL ESTATE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR DOWNTOWN, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE, UM, REGIONALLY SIGNIFICANT MARQUEE

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PUBLIC SPACE, UH, FOR CITYWIDE AND REGIONAL USE SPACES THAT CAN PROVIDE LANDSCAPE AND PARK AMENITIES, AS WELL AS OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT AND ENHANCE OUR LOCAL BUSINESS CULTURE, OUR LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURE SCENE.

UM, AND THEN JUST THE OPPORTUNITY THAT KAS PRESENT TO, UM, ADDRESS LOCALIZED, UH, NOISE, UM, AND, UM, AIR QUALITY CONCERNS AS WELL.

SO THIS IS, UH, THE OVERVIEW MAP WE'VE BEEN SHARING WITH CITY COUNCIL.

IF YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWING ALONG, UM, OUR LAST COUPLE VISITS WITH THEM, UM, THE SEGMENTS THAT TXDOT WILL BE LOWERING EXTENDS FROM LADY BIRD LAKE UP TO, UM, APPROXIMATELY TWO 90 EAST IN THE NORTH.

UM, AND THESE LOCATIONS ON THE MAP ARE THOSE, UH, PLACES WHERE TDOT HAS IDENTIFIED, UM, AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE A CAP, UM, OR A STITCH ON TOP OF THE FREEWAY.

UM, AND THEY HAVE SOME VERY SPECIFIC, UM, DESIGN PARAMETERS THAT, UM, DRIVE WHERE THOSE CAPS AND STITCHES ARE POSSIBLE.

UM, I'LL SPEAK TO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

BUT THE LOCATIONS IN GREEN ARE, UM, THE CITY FUNDED CAP OPPORTUNITIES.

UM, YOU'LL SEE ONE STITCH OPPORTUNITY DOWN AT THE HOLLY, UM, OVERCROSSING DOWN AT THE RAINY DISTRICT.

UM, AND IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR SCREEN, YOU'LL SEE IN ORANGE SOME POTENTIAL CAPPING OPPORTUNITIES THAT, UM, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IS CURRENTLY EXPLORING.

UM, THOSE CAPS WOULD BE, UM, SEPARATELY FUNDED AND SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY, WHEREAS THOSE IN, IN GREEN AND THE HOLLY STITCH WOULD BE FUNDED BY THE CITY.

UM, AND SO JUST TO GET OUR TERMINOLOGY ON THE SAME PAGE, WHEN WE REFER TO A STITCH, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A FREEWAY DECK THAT IS UNDER 300 FEET IN LENGTH, UM, AND THEN A CAP IS ANYTHING THAT'S GONNA BE OVER 300 FEET IN LENGTH.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE THE, THE, THAT THRESHOLD TRIGGERS SOME DIFFERENT ENGINEERING AND FIRE LIFE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS, UM, THAT REALLY IMPACT, UM, COST AND VIABILITY.

SO THAT'S AN IMPORTANT THRESHOLD TO BE AWARE OF.

UM, TXDOT IS, AS PART OF THEIR BASELINE PROJECT PROVIDING, UM, UP TO, UH, 30, NO, ACTUALLY 30 FEET EXACTLY BEHIND CURB OF AN ENHANCED LANDSCAPE AND, UM, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AMENITIES.

SO THERE WILL BE SOME ENHANCEMENTS TO THOSE OVER CROSSINGS AS PART OF THE TEXT DOT BASELINE SCOPE OF WORK.

UM, SO SPEAKING TO WHERE CAPS ARE AND ARE NOT POSSIBLE, UM, THE KEY DRIVER FOR CAP LOCATIONS IS REALLY WHERE, UH, TEXT DOT HAS IDENTIFIED THE REQUIRED MINIMUM CLEARANCE FROM THE MAIN LANES OF THE FREEWAY TO ANY ABOVE FREEWAY STRUCTURES.

SO THEY REQUIRE 16 AND A HALF FEET OF VERTICAL CLEARANCE, UM, TO THE BOTTOM OF A DECK OR TO THE BOTTOM OF ANY, UM, VENTILATION FANS OR OTHER EQUIPMENT SUSPENDED FROM THOSE DECKS.

UM, SO THAT REALLY IS THAT, AND THE CONFIGURATION OF THEIR RAMPING, UH, DESIGNS ARE REALLY WHAT'S DRIVING WHERE CAPS ARE AND AREN'T VIABLE.

UM, ANOTHER, UH, IMPORTANT DESIGN, UH, CRITERIA THAT WE'RE SHARING WITH THE PUBLIC IS, IS, YOU KNOW, THE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS OF WHAT THESE CAPS CAN AND CANNOT SUPPORT STRUCTURALLY.

UM, WHEN LOOKING AT, UH, THE TRADE OFFS BETWEEN, UM, BUILDING HEIGHT, FOR EXAMPLE, AND THE EXTRA COST THAT WOULD GO INTO, UH, BEEFING UP THESE CAP STRUCTURES TO SUPPORT HEAVY BUILDINGS, WE'RE REALLY FINDING THAT IT, IT ONE TO TWO STORY BUILDINGS AT MOST, IS THE SWEET SPOT THAT WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO, UM, HOLD ON TOP OF THESE CAPS.

UM, BUT A REALLY WIDE VARIETY OF, UM, OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO OPEN SPACE AND PARK FEATURES, UM, THAT CAPS LIKE THIS CAN PROVIDE ON TOP.

WE'RE ALSO, UM, DOING A LITTLE BIT OF KIND OF OUTREACH AND EDUCATION WITH THE PUBLIC THIS SUMMER WHEN IT COMES TO KIND OF EXPLAINING THE COMPONENTS OF THESE, UM, CAP STRUCTURES, UM, AND HOW THEY MIGHT BE PHASED OVER TIME.

UM, SO THE, THE CAP DIAGRAM ON YOUR SCREEN HERE IS COLOR CODED, UM, SHOWING IN BLUE WHAT, UM, WE IN TEXTILE ARE REFERRING TO AS THE ROADWAY ELEMENTS.

THESE ARE THE, UH, VERTICAL, UH, STRUCTURAL SUPPORT ELEMENTS, UM, AND OTHER COMPONENTS THAT REALLY HAVE TO BE INTEGRATED INTO TDOT'S BASELINE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT.

UM, AND, AND THAT'S JUST BY NATURE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE WAY THEY FIT WITHIN THE RIGHT OF WAY, THEY REALLY HAVE TO BE PART OF THE ROADWAY CONSTRUCTION ITSELF.

UM, AND THEN WE HAVE THE HORIZONTAL DECK CAP IN PINK HERE.

UM,

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PROVIDED THAT WE HAVE THOSE STRUCTURAL SUPPORT ELEMENTS IN PLACE, UM, WE DO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO PHASE IN THOSE HORIZONTAL DECK ELEMENTS IN FUTURE.

UM, AND THEN LIKEWISE, THE AMENITIES ON TOP OF THE CAP, UM, CAN ALSO BE, UH, PHASED IN IN FUTURE AS FUNDING BECOMES AVAILABLE.

UM, SO SPEAKING OF FUNDING, UM, THIS IS THE APPROXIMATE, UM, COST ESTIMATE TABLE THAT WE'VE BEEN SHARING WITH CITY COUNCIL, UM, OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.

AND THOSE COSTS ARE BROKEN DOWN BY DESIGN COSTS, UM, BOTH FOR STRUCTURES AND FOR, UM, THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN OF THE SURFACE AMENITIES THEMSELVES.

IN GREEN, YOU'LL SEE THAT, UM, WE HAVE ALREADY COMMITTED TO TDOT, UM, APPROXIMATELY $15 MILLION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND THE ENGINEERING OF THE CAP AND STITCH, UM, ENGINEERING ELEMENTS.

UM, IN BLUE, WE HAVE THE COST OF THOSE ROADWAY ELEMENTS, AND AS MENTIONED, BECAUSE THOSE NEED TO BE INTEGRATED INTO TDOT'S INITIAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PACKAGE, TXDOT IS REQUESTING, UM, A CITY COMMITMENT TO FUND, UH, OUR CHOSEN ROADWAY ELEMENTS BY THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR.

UM, AGAIN, THESE WERE THE ELEMENTS THAT WILL EFFECTIVELY FUTURE PROOF FUTURE DECK PHASING OPPORTUNITIES.

UM, AND THOSE DECK COSTS ARE IN THE PINK, UH, COLUMN HERE, UM, WITH THE AMENITY COSTS, AGAIN, APPROXIMATED, UH, BASED ON SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES OF OUR PEER CITIES.

UM, UH, MOST NOTABLY, UM, OUR, UM, COLLEAGUES UP IN DALLAS WHO CONSTRUCTED CLYDE WARREN PARK AND ARE IN PROCESS OF EXPANSION OF THE SOUTHERN DA DECK, UH, SOUTHERN GATEWAY DECK PARK, UM, HAVE SHARED THEIR PER ACRE COST ESTIMATES FOR AMENITIES AND OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE.

SO A LOT OF THESE ESTIMATES ARE BASED ON, UM, THOSE, UH, EXISTING PROJECTS, AND WE'LL BE CONTINUE TO KIND OF SHARPEN OUR PENCIL ALSO ON THESE MOVING FORWARD.

SO, UM, WHAT YOU SEE IN RED HERE, UM, IS THE FUNDING THAT WE HAVE SECURED TO DATE, UM, TO COVER THESE COSTS.

WHEN YOU ADD, UM, ALL THOSE ITEMS IN RED, UM, YOU'LL, UM, THAT, UM, UH, SIGNIFIES THE $105 MILLION INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT THAT WE WERE RECENTLY AWARDED BY U-S-D-O-T, UM, AS WELL AS THE CITY'S $45 MILLION MATCH FOR THAT FEDERAL GRANT.

AND COMBINED THOSE FUNDS WILL, UM, COVER THE COSTS OF BOTH THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE BASIC AMENITIES FOR THE, UM, FIVE SOME ODD ACRES OF CAP FROM CESAR CHAVEZ TO FOURTH STREET.

SO WE'RE MAKING GOOD PROGRESS THERE.

UM, AND, UM, STAFF DID ALSO SUBMIT, UM, ANOTHER GRANT APPLICATION TO U-S-D-O-T JUST YESTERDAY, UM, SEEKING ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THESE CAPS.

SO, UH, WORKING HARD TO, UH, PATCH AS MUCH OF THIS FUNDING PUZZLE TOGETHER AS POSSIBLE.

UH, LOOKING AHEAD TO THOSE FUNDING MILESTONES, UM, AS MENTIONED, WE ARE, UM, LOOKING TO COUNCIL TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT THE ROADWAY ELEMENTS, UM, THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH AT THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR.

AND THEN WE HAVE A COUPLE OF OPTIONS FOR HOW WE WANNA F UM, PHASE IN THOSE HORIZONTAL DECKS.

UM, IF WE, UH, ANY FUNDING THAT WE'RE ABLE TO IDENTIFY FOR DECKS BY 2027 CAN BE ROLLED INTO TX DOT'S CONSTRUCTION, UH, PROJECT.

UM, AND THEN LIKEWISE, ANY FUNDING THAT WE'RE ABLE TO IDENTIFY BY 2032, UM, CAN GET FUNNELED INTO, UM, ADDITIONAL SERVICES CHANGE ORDER FOR TDOT'S CONTRACTOR TO CONSTRUCT, UM, AT THE TAIL END OF THAT PROJECT IN, IN 32.

AFTER THAT MOMENT, TDOT IS ASKING FOR, UM, A 10 YEAR MORATORIUM ON ANY CHANGES TO, UM, THE FREEWAY CORRIDOR AFTER SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION.

SO OUR NEXT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY WOULD BE IN 2042.

SO, STEPPING ASIDE AND LOOKING AT, UM, OUR CURRENT WORK, KNOWING ALL OF THIS KIND OF, UH, THE FUNDING PUZZLE AND THE TECHNICAL ENGINEERING WORK THAT'S HAPPENING IN THE BACKGROUND, UM, WE ARE COMING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY THIS YEAR TO, UM, TALK ABOUT, UH, AND PUT A FINER POINT ON WHAT AUSTIN'S VISION IS FOR THESE POTENTIAL CAPS AND STITCHES.

UM, SO THE VISION PLAN WILL BE, UM, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO DOCUMENT THE COMMUNITY'S, UM, DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR CAPS AND STITCHES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WHAT DO WE WANNA SEE OUTTA THIS PROJECT? WHAT'S OUR VISION? WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? WHAT ARE OUR GOALS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH CAP AND STITCH IN AUSTIN? UM, AND HOW MIGHT THOSE

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VISION AND GOALS TRANSLATE INTO SOME PRELIMINARY CONCEPTUAL IDEAS FOR THE TYPES OF PROGRAMS AND AMENITIES THAT COULD GO ON TOP? UM, AND WE HAVE ALREADY KICKED OFF THIS CONVERSATION.

WE DID HAVE AN INITIAL VISIONING, UM, OPEN HOUSE BACK IN 2022, UM, IN THE FALL THAT SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE ATTENDED, UM, WHERE WE ASKED EXACTLY THAT OF, OF ATTENDEES AND RESIDENTS, WHAT, UM, WHAT IS OUR VISION FOR THIS SPACE? WHAT, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THIS EFFORT ACCOMPLISH FOR OUR COMMUNITY? UM, SO WE TOOK THAT INITIAL INPUT FROM 2022, WORKED WITH, UM, A COMMUNITY COMMITTEE, UM, OVER THE, UH, FOLLOWING SIX MONTHS.

UM, AND THAT COMMITTEE CRAFTED THE PRELIMINARY VISION STATEMENT AND SIX PRELIMINARY GOALS THAT YOU'LL SEE ON THE SCREEN HERE.

UM, WE'LL BE VETTING AND CONFIRMING THIS VISION AND GOALS WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS THIS SUMMER.

UM, AND THESE VISION GOALS, THEY'RE, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE, I'M A PLANNER, SO I'M A BIG FAN OF GOALS, UM, BUT IN STRATEGIC PLANNING.

BUT THESE REALLY ARE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE ALL OF THE DESIGN DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE, THE FUNDING DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE, REALLY NEED TO BE IMPLEMENTING EACH OF THESE, UM, SIX GOALS.

SO THESE WILL BE REALLY THE, THE FOUNDATION THAT WILL BE BUILDING OUR DESIGN WORK, UH, MOVING FORWARD OVER THE NEXT, YOU KNOW, EIGHT TO 10 YEARS.

SO, UM, IN MAY, ON MAY 18TH, WE'LL BE HOLDING OUR FIRST PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE, UM, ONE, ONE OF THE KEY, UH, PIECES OF, UH, FEEDBACK AT THAT OPEN HOUSE.

WE'LL BE CONFIRMING THAT VISION AND GOALS.

UM, DRAFT VISION AND GOALS WILL ALSO BE BRINGING, UM, SOME PRELIMINARY ILLUSTRATIONS OF, UH, THE TYPES OF AMENITIES THAT COULD BE PROVIDED ON TOP OF CAPS, UM, THAT IS, UH, REFLECTIVE OF THOSE VISION AND GOALS.

UM, AND THOSE WILL BE REALLY USED AS, UM, A SPARK FOR CONVERSATION, UH, WITH OPEN HOUSE ATTENDEES.

UM, WE'LL BE ASKING FOLKS FOR THEIR INPUT ON THE TYPES OF AMENITIES, UH, THAT AUSTINITES WOULD LIKE TO SEE ON TOP OF ALL OF THE VARIOUS CAPPING OPPORTUNITIES.

UM, THEN, UM, SO WE'LL HAVE THE OPEN HOUSE MAY 18TH.

I'LL PROVIDE YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL ABOUT THAT IN A MOMENT.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ONLINE, UM, OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK VIA SURVEY FOR, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO CAN'T MAKE IT IN PERSON TO THE MAY 18TH EVENT.

THEN THROUGH JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST THE SUMMER MONTHS, WE'LL BE SETTING UP, UM, REALLY JUST BACK TO BACK, UH, MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS, BUSINESS GROUPS, UM, WHAT HAVE YOU, UM, ONE AFTER THE OTHER IN THE SUMMER, UM, TO GO OUT AND ASK THE SAME QUESTIONS AND TO CONTINUE TO GET, UM, SOME SPECIFIC FEEDBACK AND INPUT FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS ABOUT, UM, WHAT WE'D LIKE TO SEE THESE CAPS PROVIDE AND ACCOMPLISH.

THEN IN SEPTEMBER, UM, WE'LL BE COMING BACK WITH A SECOND PUBLIC EVENT TO SHARE WHAT WE HEARD, UM, ALL SUMMER AND SPRING, AND TO BRING, UM, REFINED CONCEPTS, UH, TO THE COMMUNITY FOR, UM, VETTING AND INPUT.

AND THAT'S AN ADVANCE OF TAKING, UM, THESE VISION CONCEPTS TO CITY COUNCIL IN OCTOBER, UM, FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION.

NOW, THIS IS ALL REALLY IMPORTANT AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT OF TIME BECAUSE THE TECHNICAL WORK HAPPENING IN THE BACKGROUND IS, UM, THE CITY, UM, AND THE CITY DESIGN TEAM IS WORKING REALLY CLOSELY WITH TXDOT ON THAT 30% STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND ENGINEERING WORK.

AND IN ORDER TO MOVE THAT FORWARD, WE NEED TO HAVE SOME SORT OF, UM, INKLING OF THE TYPES OF PUBLIC FEATURES THAT WE WANNA HAVE ON TOP SO THAT WE CAN DESIGN THE STRUCTURAL LOADING, UM, ADEQUATELY TO HOLD THE STUFF THAT WE EVENTUALLY WANNA HOLD.

UM, SO IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE HAVE TO, UM, YOU KNOW, GO MICRO SCALE AT THIS POINT AND START TO DO KIND OF DETAILED DESIGN WORK, BUT AT THE CONCEPTUAL LEVEL, IF WE KNOW, YES, THE COMMUNITY WANTS TO SEE, YOU KNOW, SOME BUILDINGS, NO, THE COMMUNITY'S NOT INTERESTED IN, YOU KNOW, BUILDINGS ALL OVER THE CAP, OR, WE DEFINITELY WANNA, YOU KNOW, PROVIDE SOME SORT OF, YOU KNOW, SPLASH PAD OR COMMUNITY IMMUNITY.

THAT'S THE TYPE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION THAT WE NEED NOW TO FEED INTO THAT, UM, ENGINEERING PHASE THAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

SO FOR EACH, UM, OF THE CAP OPPORTUNITIES THAT I SHOWED YOU, WE WILL BE ASKING, UM, PARTICIPANTS TO, TO TELL US THE, THE TYPES OF FEATURES THAT, UM, ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THAT PARTICULAR CAP

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LOCATION.

UM, AND WE'LL BE GOING CAP BY CAP WITH THESE QUESTIONS BECAUSE WE REALIZE THAT THERE MAY BE, UM, A DIFFERENT ANSWER FOR, YOU KNOW, UM, THE CAP AT 38TH AND, AND AIRPORT.

UM, THEN MIGHT, THEN WE MIGHT HEAR FOR THE CAP, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN FIFTH AND SIXTH STREET DOWNTOWN, FOR EXAMPLE.

UM, SO WE'LL HAVE A LIST OF THE TYPES OF AMENITIES THAT COULD BE PROVIDED, ASK FOLKS TO PRIORITIZE, CLARIFY THAT, YOU KNOW, BASELINE AMENITIES LIKE TREES AND SHADE AND WALKING AND BIKING PATHS.

THAT'S, THAT'S ASSUMED EVERYWHERE.

WE KNOW THAT THAT'S, UM, A CRITICAL BASELINE COMPONENT.

UM, WE'LL ALSO BE ASKING FOLKS TO TELL US, UM, IF YOU WANNA SEE BUILDINGS, HOW MUCH BUILDINGS, UH, DO YOU PREFER MORE OPEN SPACE, FOR EXAMPLE? UM, SO THESE ARE THE TYPES OF INPUTS, UM, THAT WE'LL COLLECT.

NOW, UM, WE'RE ALSO, UH, PARTNERING WITH THE AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, UM, WHO WILL ALSO BE PRESENT AT THE OPEN HOUSE, UM, TO TALK ABOUT THE WORK THEY'RE LEADING TO DEVELOP, UM, WHAT THEY'RE CALLING AN EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY.

UM, THIS IS LOOKING AT NOT JUST, UH, WHAT SORT OF FEATURES WE NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT ON CAPS, BUT WHAT SORT OF, KIND OF PROGRAMMATIC AND POLICY TOOLS DO WE NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT, UM, IN CAP ADJACENT AREAS OF THE CITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS REALLY IS A TRUE AMENITY FOR RESIDENTS THAT WE'RE NOT UNINTENTIONALLY AGGRAVATING DISPLACEMENT PRESSURES, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, THAT WE ARE SUPPORTING, UM, OUR SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY, UM, AND CREATING A TRUE AMENITY FOR OUR RESIDENTS.

UM, SO LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING THEM AS PART OF THAT DISCUSSION.

AND, UM, THE OPEN HOUSE DETAILS.

UM, SO MAY 18TH, AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, THE HIGHLAND CAMPUS, UM, IT'LL BE FROM 10 TO TWO, UM, ON THAT SATURDAY.

UM, AND, UM, PLENTY OF, UH, OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAVEL THERE, UM, BY RAIL.

UM, WE'LL ALSO HAVE PLENTY OF BIKE PARKING, UM, LOTS OF WAY FINDING SIGNAGE.

UM, SO ANY ASSISTANCE YOU'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE AND, UM, HELPING SPREAD THE WORD, UM, ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR INPUT, UM, WOULD BE FANTASTIC.

AND, UM, AS I SAID, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF OUR, UM, COMMUNITY DISCUSSION THIS SUMMER.

WE'RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING AS MUCH INPUT AS WE CAN AT THIS POINT IN OUR PROCESS SO THAT WHEN WE COME BACK IN SEPTEMBER, UM, AND SHOW FOLKS WHAT WE'VE HEARD, UM, AND HOW THAT COULD LOOK FOR CAP CONCEPTS.

UM, REALLY HOPING TO SEE SOME, SOME HEAD NODS AT THAT POINT IN OUR PROCESS.

UM, SO THE MORE WE HEAR FROM FOLKS, UM, AT, AT THIS KIND OF MAY OPPORTUNITY, THE BETTER.

SO WITH THAT, UM, I'M HAPPY TO, UM, ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE FOR ME.

SURE.

UM, I'M GONNA JUST TAKE MY CHAIR'S PRIVILEGE AND START, START KICK US OFF WITH A COUPLE QUESTIONS HERE.

AND, AND I'M GONNA SAY HERE, IT'S, IT'S BEEN HARD FOR THIS BODY.

I THINK I'VE BEEN ON THIS BODY WITH ALMOST COMPLETE TURNOVER NOW, UM, FROM THE TIME I STARTED ON IT, AND ALSO FOR MYSELF TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ENGAGE ON 35, RIGHT? BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO DENY THAT WHAT'S PROPOSED WOULDN'T PROVIDE SOME IMPROVEMENTS ON WHAT EXISTS TODAY, YET I PERSONALLY HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF THAT MULTI-LANE, URBAN, MULTI-LANE FREEWAYS DO NOT BELONG IN DOWNTOWN URBAN AREAS.

SO I, I STRUGGLE WITH HOW TO ENGAGE, AND WE'VE DONE A LOT OF THINGS.

WE'VE PASSED, WE PASSED AT ONE POINT A SERIES OF THREE REALLY ESCALATING RESOLUTIONS FOR THOSE WHO JOINED OUR BODY LATER, UM, ON, ON I 35 PLANS.

AND, UM, PRETTY MUCH THOSE WERE NOT NECESSARILY HEATED.

SO NOW WE'RE LOOKING AT THE PLANS THAT WE HAVE AND FIGURING OUT WHAT DO WE DO AND HOW DO WE ENGAGE GIVEN THE PLANS THAT WE HAVE AND HOW THEY'RE GONNA MOVE FORWARD.

SO I HOPE THAT'S OKAY, BECAUSE I THINK THAT HAS HISTORICAL CONTEXT FOR THIS BODY IS REALLY HELPFUL.

UM, BUT, UM, AND ALSO JUST TO STATE MY POSITION PRETTY CLEARLY, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, SO ONE OF MY QUESTIONS IS THE MAP OF THE CAPS.

SO I UNDERSTAND ANYTHING THAT'S NOT IN GREEN, BLUE, OR ORANGE, THOSE AREAS HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY FOR CAPPING AT ALL BECAUSE THOSE ARE AREAS WHERE WE'RE EXPERIENCING RAMPING.

IS THAT CORRECT? SO BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, 38TH AND A HALF AND UT AND THEN BETWEEN UT AND 11TH AND 12TH, AGAIN, BETWEEN 12TH AND SEVENTH MM-HMM.

, IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S RIGHT.

COMMISSIONER.

IT REALLY IS TEXT DOTS, UH, DESIGN FOR THEIR CAPEX PROJECT THAT'S DRIVING WHERE CAPS CAN AND CANNOT BE.

THAT'S CORRECT.

SURE.

OKAY.

WHICH I DON'T AGREE WITH THOSE THAT, BUT THAT IS WHERE WE ARE.

MM-HMM.

.

SO, UM, SO I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT.

SO, UM, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAD WAS SORT OF ABOUT THE COSTS AND THE PRIORITIZATION OF CAPS.

SO I CAN, I CAN SEE, UM, AND

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I CAN IMAGINE SOME REASONS WHY, BUT I'D BE CURIOUS FOR YOU TO TELL ME WHY.

SO, YOU KNOW THAT THE, THE DEDICATED FUNDING, UM, THROUGH THE 105 MILLION NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS AND EQUITY FEDERAL GRANT HAS, UH, BEEN DEDICATED TO BASICALLY, IF I UNDERSTOOD YOU CORRECTLY, FULLY FUNDING THE CAESAR CHAVEZ TO FOURTH STREET SECTION.

SO THAT SECTION IS CONFIRMED TO BE FUNDED.

THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

AND I, I ASSUME YOU TARGETED THE GRANT THERE FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS.

MAYBE YOU WANNA SHARE THOSE WITH US, BUT I'M CURIOUS ABOUT HOW YOU, HOW THE STAFF WOULD PRIORITIZE.

DO YOU HAVE A PRIORITIZATION MATRIX FOR THESE CAPS AT THIS TIME? UM, THE ANSWER TO YOUR LAST QUESTION IS NO, WE HAVE NOT STARTED TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT PRIORITY BETWEEN ONE CAP AND THE NEXT.

UM, RIGHT NOW OUR PRINCIPAL FOCUS IS, UH, HAS BEEN, UM, IDENTIFYING A FUNDING SOURCE FOR THE $144 MILLION, UM, DUE TO TXDOT AT THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR FOR ROADWAY ELEMENTS.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE FUNDING THOSE ELEMENTS EFFECTIVELY, FUTURE PROOFS EVERYTHING, SO THAT FUTURE PHASES ARE POSSIBLE EVERYWHERE.

UM, IF WE'RE UNABLE TO IDENTIFY THAT FULL FUNDING BY THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR, THEN YES, WE WOULD NEED TO ENGAGE, UH, COUNCIL WOULD NEED TO ENGAGE IN A PRIORITIZATION DECISION THAT THAT'S HELPFUL.

THE GRANT APPLICATION THAT YOU MENTIONED THAT WAS SUBMITTED YESTERDAY, ARE YOU ABLE TO SHARE DETAILS OF WHAT THAT THAT MONEY IS PROPOSED TO FUND? SURE.

I CAN, UM, PERHAPS START BY, UM, ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION ABOUT THE CESAR CHAVEZ GRANT, UM, AND PROVIDE A LITTLE BACKGROUND THERE.

YEAH.

AND THEN GO TO THAT, A QUESTION IF THAT WORKS.

UM, THE, UM, SO THAT WAS A GRANT, UM, TO THE U-S-D-O-T RECONNECTING COMMUNITIES PROGRAM, NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS AND EQUITY GRANT.

UM, THE REASON, UM, THE CESAR CHAVEZ, THE FOURTH CAP WAS PURSUED WAS PRO WAS A HUNDRED PERCENT DRIVEN BY THE GRANTS CRITERIA ITSELF.

UM, WE REALLY NEEDED TO IDENTIFY A LOCATION, UM, THAT WAS ADJACENT TO THE REQUIRED CENSUS TRACKS.

UM, IT HAD A VERY STRONG FOCUS ON EQUITY, UM, OF COURSE.

AND, UM, BECAUSE OF THE MOBILITY COM, UM, IMPROVEMENTS THAT THAT PARTICULAR CAP PROVIDES, IT WAS JUST, UH, IT HIT THE SWEET SPOT FOR THAT GRANTS CRITERIA.

UM, YOU'LL, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT, UM, ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THAT PARTICULAR CAP IS IT PROVIDES A NEW CONNECTION AT THIRD STREET THAT WILL BE, UM, ENTIRELY, UH, PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE, UM, ONLY, UM, CROSSING THIRD STREET.

SO, UM, AND, AND THIS NEW THIRD STREET CROSSING, UM, IS GONNA ENABLE PEOPLE TO TRAVEL EAST WEST ACROSS I 35 WITHOUT HAVING TO NAVIGATE A SINGLE FRONTAGE ROAD.

SO IT'S A HUGE, HUGE OPPORTUNITY.

YEAH.

UM, SO, UM, YOUR NEXT QUESTION.

WE RECENTLY, UM, RECENTLY YESTERDAY, UM, SUBMITTED A GRANT TO, UM, US DOT'S, UM, MPDG PROGRAM, AND YOU'RE GONNA TEST ME ON MY ACRONYMS HERE, BUT MULTIMODAL DISCRETIONARY MP, UH, MULTIMODAL PROJECT, DISCRETIONARY GRANT PROGRAM.

ALL RIGHT.

THUMBS UP FROM MY DIRECTOR.

UM, SO IT'S A BUNDLING OF, UH, DOT'S, UH, MEGAN INFRA PROGRAM.

SAME THING.

VERY, VERY TARGETED GRANT CRITERIA REGARDING WHAT THEY WILL AND WON'T FUND AND WHAT'S COMPETITIVE AND NOT COMPETITIVE.

IN FACT, THIS GRANT REQUIRED, UM, AN ANALYTICAL, UM, QUANTITATIVE BENEFITS COST ANALYSIS USING DOT FORMULAS.

UM, SO IT'S BE PRETTY CLEAR, UM, WHICH CAPS ARE GONNA GET THE REQUIRED, UH, BENEFIT COST RATIO IN WHICH OR NOT.

SO INCLUDED IN THAT, UM, FUNDING REQUEST, UM, IS INFRASTRUCTURE AND AMENITY FUNDING FOR THE HOLLY STITCH, THE FOURTH TO SEVENTH STREET CAPS AND THE 11TH AND 12TH STREET CAPS.

UM, THE CAPS BETWEEN 38TH AND AIRPORT, UM, DID NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED COST RATIOS FROM U-S-D-O-T TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT GRANT.

CAN I ASK A FOLLOW UP THERE? YES.

I, I JUST, SORRY.

REALLY QUICK.

UM, IS THERE A MATCH REQUIRED FROM THE CITY FOR THAT GRANT? YES.

UH, 40% MATCH , UM, WHICH I, I THINK THE FINAL NUMBER WE, UH, PURSUED IN THAT GRANT WAS $118 MILLION, UM, WITH A CITY MATCH OF, I THINK ENDED UP BEING AROUND 76.

UM, THE PIECE THAT I, THE FUNDING PIECE THAT I HAVE, UM, NOT BRIEFED YOU ON IN TODAY'S SLIDE DECK IS, UM, COUNCIL'S RECENT AUTHORIZATION TO PURSUE A LOAN

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FROM THE TEXAS STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK.

UM, COUNCIL DID, UM, AUTHORIZE, UM, AN APPLICATION IN AN AMOUNT UP TO, UM, A HUNDRED AND I THINK $91 MILLION.

UM, THAT WOULD BE A LOAN FROM THE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK.

AND REPAYMENTS FROM THAT LOAN WOULD JUST BE, UM, ABSORBED INTO THE CITY'S REGULAR DEBT PAYMENT, UM, LINE ITEM.

UM, OUR INTENTION WITH THE MPDG GRANT WOULD, IS THAT, UM, THE, THE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK LOAN WOULD FUND THE CITY MATCH.

YES.

SO THAT'S ALL EXTREMELY HELPFUL.

I HAVE, UM, TWO OTHER QUESTIONS.

I THINK SINCE WE'RE IN THE HOW TO PAY, I'M GONNA TAKE THIS ONE FIRST AND THEN I'M GONNA ASK MY SECOND QUESTION AND LET OTHER PEOPLE GO.

BUT, UM, SO THE MONEY THAT'S DUE AT THE END OF THE YEAR, IS IT, IS IT THE CASE THAT THE MONEY IS DUE ITSELF OR A, A COMMITMENT TO THE MONEY? IT'S A COMMITMENT TO FUND.

OKAY.

AND, UM, AT, SO WE'VE ALREADY HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE GRANTS, ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK.

UM, IS THERE A DISCUSSION OF BONDS, BUDGETING? WHAT ARE THE OTHER PROPOSALS OF HOW THAT WOULD BE FUNDED BEYOND THESE OPPORTUNITIES WE'VE ALREADY DISCUSSED? YEAH, SO WE'RE WORKING REALLY CLOSELY WITH OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES, UM, FOLKS, UM, TO PUT THAT FUNDING PACKAGE TOGETHER.

AND, UM, I MEAN, FRANKLY, EVERYTHING'S IN PLAY RIGHT NOW.

UM, I THINK WE'LL BE IN A POSITION REALLY SOON TO SEE HOW ALL OF OUR GRANT REQUESTS, SAY LOAN REQUESTS KIND OF PAN OUT.

UM, AND WE'LL HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THAT REMAINING GAP REALLY SOON.

UM, AND THEN I THINK THAT'LL BE THE MOMENT WHEN, UM, FINANCIAL SERVICES WILL, UM, HELP US PUT TOGETHER PROPOSED PATHWAYS TO CLOSE THE GAP.

YEAH, IT MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME TO STATE MY PERSONAL OPINION THAT THERE'S NO REASON THAT TECH DOTS SHOULDN'T JUST DO ALL OF THIS.

UM, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE POLICIES THAT AREN'T, UM, FOSTERING THAT, AND SO THEY'RE, UH, KIND OF HITTING UP OUR CITIES FOR THIS.

SO, UM, ANYWAY, UH, LAST QUESTION.

SO I, I AND YOU, THIS IS OUT MAYBE OUTSIDE YOUR AREA, BUT YOU MAY HAVE SOME INFORMATION.

I'VE HEARD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE UT CAPS THAT UT COULD CONSIDER OR FUND.

UM, YOU KNOW, IS UT COMMITTED TO THOSE? LIKE WHAT'S THEIR LEVEL OF, UH, LIKELIHOOD OF HAPPENING THERE? YEAH, GREAT QUESTION.

UM, WE ARE, THEY ARE LOOKING AT THIS SERIOUSLY.

UM, THEY HAVE THE SAME FUNDING TIMELINES AND DECISION TIMELINES AS THE CITY DOES.

UM, I KNOW THEY ARE IN CONVERSATION WITH TEXTILE, AND WE ACTUALLY ARE COORDINATING WITH THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS.

SO I KNOW THEY ARE LOOKING AT WHAT IS POSSIBLE, UM, AND FEASIBLE AND DOING THEIR OWN COST BENEFIT CALCULATION RIGHT NOW.

UM, BUT SAME AS US, IF THEY WANNA FIND ROADWAY ELEMENTS, THEY NEED TO, UM, SECURE THE FUNDING BY THE END OF THE YEAR AS WELL.

OKAY.

GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, OTHER COMMISSIONERS THAT MAY HAVE QUESTIONS, UH, I'LL GO WITH, UH, COMMISSIONER KEMAN.

UM, SO HAVE YOU, I GUESS THIS IS, UH, PARTIALLY ABOUT FUNDING AND PARTIALLY ABOUT THE AMENITIES FOR EACH OF THESE.

WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE PREFERRED AMENITIES WHEN YOU'RE GOING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY.

IS THIS LIKE A SAMPLE LIST THAT YOU WOULD GIVE 'EM AND SAY, LOOK AT THIS.

AND I THINK WE'RE GONNA GET A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT SAY, OH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT, BUT I DON'T REALLY THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT MAKES SENSE OVER A HIGHWAY AND, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THESE PRIORITIES HERE.

UM, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY OR COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL NARRATIVES AND EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY.

LIKE, I THINK CONNECTING IS THE EQUITY, BUT A LOT OF THESE, TO ME, I THINK IT WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHEN WE GO INTO THE COMMUNITY AND PRESENT 'EM WITH OPTIONS IS THAT WE'RE OVER A HIGHWAY.

IT'S, IT'S NOT OPEN SPACE, IT'S NOT NATURAL.

IT'S NOT GONNA BE A GREAT PLACE TO BE BREATHING AT A BUNCH OF FUMES WHILE YOU'RE ON A SPORTS COURT AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

SO THAT'S MY COMMENT.

UM, AND ABOUT FUNDING, UM, HAVE YOU THOUGHT AT ALL ABOUT JUST, YOU KNOW, LETTING A LITTLE BIT OF MARKET WORK HAPPEN HERE AND, AND MAYBE LEASING THE LAND ON TOP FOR SOME PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT, OR, UH, EVEN I DOUBT THE CITY WOULD WANNA SELL ANY OF THIS LAND FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT OR USING THE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING MECHANISM TO MAKE ANY OF THIS HAPPEN? BECAUSE UNLIKE SOME OF THESE FEATURES, THERE IS THE OPPORTUNITY, AND I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S A DROP IN THE BUCKET OR SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT MORE SUBSTANTIAL FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT AND THE LEVERAGE OF PRIVATE FUNDING HERE.

SURE.

UM, I'LL, UM, ADDRESS YOUR LAST QUESTION FIRST.

UM, YES, IS THE SHORT ANSWER YES TO ALL OF THAT.

UM,

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WE, WE ARE FINDING THAT, YOU KNOW, PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS MIGHT, THERE MIGHT NOT BE AS MUCH OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE ON CAP AS THERE MIGHT BE AN ON CAP ADJACENT OPPORTUNITY SITES, AND THAT'S BECAUSE WE ARE GONNA BE LIMITED TO TWO STORIES MAX.

SO THERE'S NOT A TON OF, UM, PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL.

HOWEVER, WE ARE COGNIZANT THAT, YOU KNOW, ANY BUILDINGS OR EVEN, YOU KNOW, ANY SPACE FOR FESTIVALS OR WHAT HAVE YOU, THIS IS, YOU KNOW, POTENTIAL REVENUE GENERATING OPPORTUNITIES, UM, LEASEABLE SPACE, UM, THAT COULD HELP OFFSET ONGOING MAINTENANCE COSTS, FOR EXAMPLE.

AND SO WE'RE DEFINITELY, UM, STAYING COGNIZANT OF, UM, FUNDING IMPLICATIONS, FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, YOU KNOW, 10, 20 YEARS FROM NOW AS WE'RE DOING OUR PROGRAMMATIC, HAVING THOSE PROGRAMMATIC DISCUSSIONS TODAY.

UM, IN REGARDS TO, SO YES, PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS ARE, ARE ON THE TABLE AND WILL, UM, HAVE BEEN KIND OF BROUGHT UP BY FINANCIAL SERVICES TEAM AS ONE POTENTIAL TOOL IN OUR TOOL BELT.

UM, I, UM, LOOKING AT, UM, TIF DISTRICTS, UM, PARTICULARLY, UM, YOU KNOW, DOWNTOWN IS RELATIVELY BUILT OUT IN THE SURROUNDING CONTEXT, BUT PARTICULARLY UP NORTH THERE ARE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY SITES UP THERE THAT, UM, I THINK MERIT SOME, UM, EVALUATION.

UM, SO WE'LL BE LOOKING AT THAT AS A POTENTIAL TOOL AS WELL.

AND ALSO, LIKE, EVEN IN THE AREAS THAT ARE PRETTY BUILT OUT DOWNTOWN, I THINK THAT WHEN THEY GO FROM BEING HIGHWAY ADJACENT TO CAP ADJACENT, YOU'RE GONNA SEE LIKE A PRETTY PROBABLY LARGE INCREASE IN LAND VALUE THERE.

SO EVEN ON A CURRENTLY BUILT OUT THING, THE PROPERTY TAX, YOU KNOW, REVENUE WOULD LIKELY GO WAY UP EVEN ON SOMEWHERE THAT IT'S ALL, THAT'S JUST MY OPINION.

SO I'M NOT, I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT NECESSARILY WORKS.

UM, BUT LIKE, I HOPE THAT THAT'S ALSO PART OF THE DISCUSSION.

YEAH, I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT.

UM, DEFINITELY, UM, DEFINITELY PART OF THE DISCUSSION, THOSE FRONTAGE CONDITIONS FOR THOSE PARCELS WOULD BE VERY DIFFERENT, WON'T THEY? YEAH.

UM, AND THEN YOUR, UM, FIRST QUESTION, UM, ABOUT THE TYPES OF AMENITIES THAT ARE PRACTICAL OR VIABLE ON TOP OF CAPS AND, UM, LOCALIZED AIR QUALITY QUESTIONS.

UM, ALL OF THE LISTS OF POTENTIAL AMENITIES TO SPARK IDEAS, UM, ARE VIABLE, UM, PHYSICALLY ON TOP OF A CAP.

UM, AND WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT, UM, PRECEDENTS IN OUR PEER CITIES IN SEATTLE AND, UH, DENVER AND BOSTON AND DALLAS.

UM, SO ALL THESE USES ARE POSSIBLE.

UM, WE WE'RE CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, SENSITIVE AND AWARE AND, UM, OF THE QUESTION RIGHTFULLY SO, THAT PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHAT IS, YOU KNOW, IS, YOU KNOW, SENDING MY KIDS TO PLAY ON A CAP ON TOP OF A FREEWAY.

IS THIS A GOOD IDEA? SHOULD I BE CONCERNED? UM, SO WE DID RECEIVE A PLANNING GRANT FROM, UM, U-S-D-O-T RECONNECTING COMMUNITIES, UM, TO LOOK AT, UM, NOT JUST, UH, TRANSPORTATION CONNECTIONS TO, FROM ACROSS THE CAPS, BUT ALSO TO LOOK AT SOME OF THESE LOCALIZED, UM, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE QUESTIONS.

UM, SO TO WHAT DEGREE, UM, DO CAPS IMPROVE LOCALIZED AIR QUALITY, UM, AS OPPOSED TO AN OPEN FREEWAY? DOES THAT CHANGE, DO AIR QUALITY PROJECTIONS, UM, CHANGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CAP AT THE EDGE OF THE CAP? TO WHAT DEGREE DOES, UM, DO DESIGN TOOLS LIKE BIOFILTRATION, UM, IMPROVE AND MITIGATE, UM, FOR THOSE QUESTIONS? UM, SO WE'LL BE MODELING ALL OF THAT, UM, AND TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AND GETTING SOME QUANTITATIVE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS.

CAN I ASK A, JUST A QUICK FOLLOW UP TO THAT.

SO TO ME, WHEN I THINK ABOUT PEOPLE ACCESSING AMENITIES THAT ARE ON A CAP, THE BIGGEST BARRIER ONCE THE CAP IS THERE SEEMS TO BE THE ACCESS ROADS, IF, IF WE'RE TREATING THEM AS ACCESS ROADS VERSUS URBAN BOULEVARD.

SO I MEAN, I WOULD, I KNOW THAT TECH TXDOT HAS A CERTAIN SET OF IDEAS ABOUT WHAT ACCESS ROADS NEED TO BE, YOU KNOW, MOST STATES DON'T HAVE ACCESS ROADS.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT AN ACCESS ROAD WAS TILL I MOVED TO TEXAS .

SO, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE NOT SOMETHING THAT CAME DOWN ON THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, UM, WITH HENRY FORD OR SOMETHING.

UH, YOU KNOW, EVEN IN CAR CULTURE, SOME PLACES DON'T HAVE ACCESS ROADS.

I JUST LIKE TO STATE THAT INTO THE RECORD TEXANS.

SORRY.

UM, ANYWAY, BUT, UM, SO MY QUESTION WITH THAT IS THAT LIKE, IF I'M THEORETICALLY GONNA SEND MY KID TO PLAY IN A PARK ON A CAP, MY QUESTION IS DO THEY HAVE TO CROSS A 55 3 LANES OF 55 MILE

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AN HOUR FOR TRAFFIC TO GET THERE? AND I THINK THAT'S PART OF THE QUESTION THAT I HAVE AND WHAT, WHAT PROGRESS YOU'VE MADE WORKING WITH TDOT TO MAKE THEM MORE LIKE SAFE URBAN BOULEVARDS THAN OUR TRADITIONAL TEXAS ACCESS ROADS.

SURE.

AND THAT CONVERSATION AND THAT COORDINATION BETWEEN THE CITY AND TXDOT IS ONGOING.

UM, AND WE, UM, EXPECT, UH, 30% DESIGN FOR THE CENTRAL SEGMENT FROM TXDOT LATER THIS YEAR.

SO WE'LL GET A CLOSER LOOK AT, UM, HOW THAT DESIGN IS PANNING OUT.

UM, BUT, UM, WE ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY TO MAKE SURE LIKE WHERE THOSE DUAL DIRECTION ACCESS ROADS ARE COUPLED INTO THE BOULEVARD TREATMENT, UM, ALONG THE DOWNTOWN SEGMENT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE AT THE CITYSIDE ARE LOOKING VERY CLOSELY AT SIGNAL TIMING RIGHT? TO KIND OF METER TRAFFIC SPEEDS, UM, MAKING SURE, UM, WE HAVE, UM, SAFE PEDESTRIAN PHASING STRATEGIES THAT, UM, WE HAVE, UH, REALLY GOOD OPERATIONAL TREATMENTS FOR THOSE INTERSECTIONS ON THE EAST SIDE, UM, IN THE DOWNTOWN SEGMENT.

IT'LL BE QUITE LOVELY EXPERIENCE GETTING TO THE CAT BECAUSE THE FRONTAGE ROADS WILL BE COUPLED ON THE WEST SIDE AND THERE WON'T, WON'T BE ANY FRONTAGE ROAD CROSSING, UM, ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE FREEWAY.

UM, SO, UM, WE WILL CONTINUE TO KIND OF FINE TUNE THOSE DETAILS WITH TXDOT, UM, AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

I DEFINITELY THINK THAT THIS BODY, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD BE REALLY, REALLY INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE ABOUT AS THOSE PLANS DEVELOP.

I KNOW THAT THAT'S SOMETHING WE'RE GONNA BE FOCUSED ON.

I'M SORRY, I NEED TO GO TO OTHER PEOPLE'S QUESTIONS.

COMMISSIONER SCHUMACHER.

THANK YOU.

AND I DO WANNA ECHO WHAT CHAIR SUMMER SAID ABOUT, UM, PRIORITIZING WHICH CAPS RIGHT.

WE'RE, WE'RE GOING FORWARD WITH.

I THINK THAT'S, UM, IMPORTANT.

UM, I'LL SAY, YOU KNOW, I, I THINK THERE'S SOMETHING CRUEL ABOUT THE, THE BONE THAT TXDOT THREW US IS THAT WE CAN PAY TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT THEY CREATED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

UM, AND I GET THAT'S NOT YOUR PROBLEM, BUT, UH, I DO WORRY THAT WE'RE PUTTING OURSELVES IN A FINANCIAL SITUATION, PERHAPS WE SHOULDN'T BE GOING ON.

AND I THINK THE EXTENT TO WHICH WE CAN HAVE FOLKS LIKE TXDOT CAMPO, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHO ARE LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCAR IN OUR CITY PAY FOR SOME OF THIS.

THAT'S GREAT.

AND I'M REALLY GLAD TO SEE YOU GUYS ARE GOING FORWARD WITH THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.

UM, WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT THE FUNDING MATRIX, YOU GUYS ALL, UH, YOU GUYS PROPOSED TO CITY COUNCIL IN THAT WORK SESSION, UM, KIND OF HAD ROUGH FIGURES.

UM, TIFF, THE TIFF DISTRICTS WERE, WERE A BIG PART OF IT.

SO I KIND OF WANT TO DRILL DOWN ON THAT.

UM, SO DO WE NEED TO HAVE BUILDINGS ATTACHED TO THE TIFF FOR THE TIFF TO WORK, OR CAN WE LOOP IN, YOU KNOW, ADJACENT PROPERTIES? I'M THINKING, YOU KNOW, THE FIESTA MART OR HANCOCK CENTER MM-HMM.

.

SO WE CAN LOOP THOSE IN AND WE DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO HAVE BUILDINGS ON TOP OF THEM ON THE CAPS.

YEAH.

UH, RIGHT.

UM, I, I THINK WE HAVE A LOT OF, UH, QUESTIONS TO ANSWER WHEN IT COMES TO HOW WE'RE GONNA DEVELOP ON CAPS.

THERE ARE SOME MM-HMM.

LEGAL MECHANISMS WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT BECAUSE TECHN, THIS WILL BE TEXT TDOT RIGHT OF WAY.

SURE.

UM, AND SO THAT RIGHT OF WE'LL HAVE AN AIR RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH TXDOT, UM, I ASSUME WITH SUBLETTING ALLOWANCES .

SO I, I MEAN, I ACTUALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TEXAS WORK IN A STRANGE LEGAL SITUATION LIKE THAT.

UM, BUT IT REALLY JUST BECAUSE OF THE DEVELOPMENT CAPACITY, I WOULD SAY IT'S REALLY IS THE ADJACENT SITES WHERE THE MOST INCREMENT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN.

SO IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THOSE NORTHERN PROPERTIES, THE ONLY WAY IT, IT REALLY PROBABLY PENCILS OUT, UM, IN TERMS OF THAT WE COULD ACTUALLY PUT TOGETHER BONDS THAT COULD BE PAID FOR BY, UM, UH, HIGHER PROPERTY VALUE, UM, IS IF THE FIESTA MART AREA AND THE HANCOCK CENTER ARE WILLING TO REDEVELOP, HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS HAPPENED AT THE CITY.

YEAH.

I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD, UM, SAY IT AS STRONGLY AS THAT, THAT THAT'S THE ONLY WAY IT PENCILS OUT.

I DON'T THINK WE'VE DONE THAT ANALYSIS YET.

SURE.

UM, BUT, UM, IT, IT'S FORTHCOMING, IT'S, IT'S DEFINITELY ON THE RADAR TO, TO LOOK AT THOSE OPPORTUNITIES UP THERE.

ALRIGHT.

UM, THAT MAKES SENSE.

AND THEN GOING BACK TO, UM, CAMPO AND, UM, TECH STOCKS, UM, I KNOW CHAIR LONG WAS SAYING AT THE LAST MEETING THAT THEY'LL LOOK AT OPENING UP, UH, A NEW CIG CYCLE AFTER THEY PASSED THE CURRENT ONE IN MAY.

OBVIOUSLY THERE'S A LONG LIST OF DEFERRED PROJECTS MM-HMM.

HAVE, UH, WE LOOKED INTO WHETHER THIS COULD BE SOMETHING WE REQUEST CAMPO FUND THROUGH THE CIG, UM, OR, UH, HAVE WE ALSO LOOKED AT, I KNOW IT DOESN'T REALLY EXIST YET AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'LL BE, BUT PERHAPS ANY FUNDS FROM THE TECH STOP MULTIMODAL PLAN BEING USED ON THIS? UM, WE HAVE BEEN LOOKED AT, UM, OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISCRETIONARY FUNDING FROM TA FROM CAMPO MM-HMM.

, UM, THAT FUNDING IS, UM, ALLOCATED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

SO IT'S GONNA BE A FEW YEARS BEFORE THEY HAVE, UH, MORE DISCRETIONARY FUNDING FOR THE, THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROJECT, IS MY UNDERSTANDING.

YEAH.

2028 IS WHEN THEY SAY THAT'S IT, WE'RE DOING THE NEXT PROJECT.

28.

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RIGHT.

UM, OKAY.

AND THEN SO, UM, THE LAST PART IS ABOUT, UM, THE MAINTENANCE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH IT.

MM-HMM.

, UM, RIGHT.

WE'RE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE AT A POINT NOW WHERE OUR EXPENDITURES ARE, UH, GOING FASTER OR RISING FASTER THAN WE CAN INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES WITHOUT AN ELECTION.

UM, HAVE WE LOOKED AT WHETHER THE CITY CAN AFFORD THAT ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE COST THAT WILL BE ONGOING? DO WE NEED TO PERHAPS INCREASE M AND O PROPERTY TAXES IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THAT LONG TERM? RIGHT.

GREAT QUESTION.

UM, THAT'S ANOTHER, UM, FUTURE ITEM ON OUR WORK PROGRAM YEAH.

THAT WE HAVE COMING UP, UM, TO THINK THROUGH.

WE'RE ALREADY STARTING TO THINK HOW WOULD, UM, ONGOING OPERATIONS FOR A SPACE LIKE THIS WORK, UM, IN OTHER CITIES, UM, THESE TYPES OF SPACES ARE MAINTAINED AND OPERATED BY THIRD PARTY CONSERVANCIES, UM, FOR EXAMPLE, OR FOUNDATIONS, UM, UH, BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS.

UM, SO, UM, THIS IS GONNA TAKE SOME CONVERSATION WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, I, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S NECESSARILY THE CASE THAT THIS WILL ALL FALL ON THE CITY'S MAINTENANCE BACKLOG.

SURE.

UM, AND AS I MENTIONED, WE'RE DEFINITELY TRYING TO STAY COGNIZANT OF THOSE ONGOING O AND M COSTS AS WE'RE PROGRAMMING NOW.

WELL, I, I WANNA THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING RIGHT NOW, AND I'LL, I THINK I'LL JUST CLOSE BY SAYING, I THINK MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT WE END UP MIXING THE BONDS NECESSARY FOR THIS, UM, WITH OUR MOBILITY BONDS WHEN WE HAVE SUCH A NEED TO, TO HAVE A NEW ROUND OF MOBILITY BONDS TO MEET OUR BUILD OUT GOALS AND A TX WALK BIKE ROLE.

SO THE EXTENT TO WHICH WE CAN FUND THIS VIA OTHER THINGS LIKE THE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK AND LIKE TIF DISTRICTS, UM, I THINK IS REALLY GREAT FOR OUR LONG-TERM MOBILITY GOALS.

'CAUSE THIS IS IMPORTANT.

UH, BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF OTHER MOBILITY GOALS THAT DON'T NECESSARILY FIT INTO THE CAPS.

AND I, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE STAY THE COURSE ON THOSE AND KIND OF LET CAPS GO TO THE SIDE.

SO THANK YOU FOR DOING ALL OF THAT.

YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT COMMENT.

EVERYBODY LIGHT A CANDLE FOR THAT GRANT APPLICATION TONIGHT.

, UM, ANY COMM ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONERS WITH QUESTIONS THOSE ONLINE? NO.

OKAY.

OH, DID I HEAR A YES FROM COMMISSIONER ORTIZ? SORRY.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO I HAVE A QUESTION ON THE, I, THE CAPTAIN CONSTITUENTS ARE, BNC HAS, UH, A CONNECTION, RIGHT? OPPORTUNITY BETWEEN THE EAST AND THE WEST.

AND I THINK I'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE OF WHAT ARE THE RISKS FOR THE EITHER BUSINESSES OR RES LIKE RESIDENTIAL, UM, AREAS ALONGSIDE WHERE THE CONSTRUCTION WILL HAPPEN AND WHAT'S, YOU KNOW, HOW THAT'S BEING CONSIDERED.

UM, DO YOU MEAN SPECIFICALLY, UM, WHAT THE CONSTRUCTION RELATED IMPACTS WOULD BE FOR SURROUNDING RESIDENTS? YEAH.

YES.

UM, THAT'S ANOTHER, UM, ISSUE THAT WE'RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH TXDOT ON, UM, MAKING SURE THAT, UM, THE, THE PLANS FOR, UH, WHAT'S HAPPENING DURING THEIR CONSTRUCTION, UM, HAS AS LIGHT AN IMPACT AS POSSIBLE THAT PEOPLE CAN STILL GET AROUND AND A MULTIMODAL WAY.

UM, SO THAT'S AN ONGOING DISCUSSION, UM, THAT, YOU KNOW, I MAYBE ANNA CAN HELP FILL IN SOME OF THE GAPS ON THAT ONE.

, DID YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR FOLLOW UP? COMMISSIONER ORTIZ? NO.

OKAY.

APOLOGIES.

I THOUGHT ANNA WAS .

SORRY, DIDN'T MEAN TO CALL YOU OUT.

ANNA.

THANK YOU.

I APOLOGIZE.

I WAS, UM, SIDE TALKING TO OUR LIAISON HERE, SO, UM, IF YOU CAN ASK ME AGAIN, I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER.

YEAH.

IT'S ABOUT, UM, MITIGATION OF CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS DURING TECH DOTS, CAPEX, CONSTRUCTION, UM, AND DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THAT.

YEAH, CERTAINLY.

GREAT QUESTION.

WE HAVE A, A HEAVY DECADE OR SO OF CONSTRUCTION IN FRONT OF US AS A COMMUNITY BETWEEN THIS PROJECT AS WELL AS PROJECT CONNECT AND, AND CTMA AND OTHER THINGS GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY.

UM, THE CITY IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH TXDOT ON WHAT WE'RE CALLING THE CONSTRUCTION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, WHERE WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON, UM, THE TIMELINES OF ALL OF THESE PROJECTS, UNDERSTANDING, UM, WHAT THE IMPACTS ARE FROM A COMMUNITY WIDE PERSPECTIVE AND HELP MITIGATE THAT.

SO LET'S SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, PROJECT CONNECT IS CLOSING ALL NORTHBOUND LANES WILL HOPEFULLY TEXT OUT, WOULD NOT ALSO BE CLOSING ALL NORTHBOUND LANES.

TO THE EXTENT THAT WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT FRAMEWORK FOR THOSE CONVERSATIONS, UM, WE'LL BE DOING.

SO THANK YOU.

IT'S FROM THE COMMISSION.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION TODAY AND, AND DEALING WITH ALL OF OUR AWESOME QUESTIONS, .

ALL RIGHT, EVERYONE.

THAT BRINGS US

[3. Update from Capital Delivery Services with attention to Corridor Program community engagement and communication in relation to corridor construction plans ]

TO OUR NEXT, UH, DISCUSSION ITEM, ITEM NUMBER THREE

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ON OUR AGENDA, WHICH IS AN UPDATE FROM THE CAPITAL DELIVERY SERVICES, UM, DEPARTMENT.

YOU, I'M SORRY, I, ANYWAY, WITH ATTENTION TO THE CORRIDOR PROGRAM, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN RELATION TO CORRIDOR CONSTRUCTION PLANS, COMMISSIONERS, I'LL JUST REMIND YOU THAT, UM, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GET A QUARTERLY UPDATE FROM CAPITAL DELIVERY SERVICES.

I THINK THAT WAS THE COMMITMENT THAT WE HAD ABOUT THE PROGRESS ON OUR, UM, UH, BOND SPENDING AND CONSTRUCTION.

AND WE ASK FOR THIS ROUND SPECIFICALLY THAT WE GET SOME INFORMATION ABOUT HOW COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IS HANDLED FOR THESE PROJECTS.

SO THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY.

UH, ERIC BAILEY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CAPITAL DELIVERY SERVICES, UH, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

JUST PULLING UP MY NOTES HERE.

OKAY.

UM, HERE TO DISCUSS THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UH, FOR THE CORRIDOR PROGRAM AS WE, UH, MOVE FORWARD, UH, INTO A MORE HEAVY CONSTRUCTION PHASE, UM, IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW.

UM, THE CORDO PROGRAM OFFICE HIRED LIFELINE AS A CONSULTANT TO ASSIST WITH ALL ASPECTS OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UH, LIFELINE INVOLVED OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN THE PLANNING PHASES BY OBTAINING FEEDBACK AND CONDUCTING PUBLIC MEETINGS.

UH, THEY ALSO INFORMED THE COMMUNITIES OF ANTICIPATED IMPROVEMENTS.

UM, IN 2023, THE CORRIDOR OFFICE WAS ABSORBED INTO CAPITAL DELIVERY SERVICES.

UM, AND FROM THE TIME THE BOND WAS APPROVED IN 2016 UNTIL TODAY, OUR TEAMS HAVE BEEN COMMITTED TO PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND HAVE USED A WIDE, UH, RANGE OF TACTICS TO REACH, UH, COMMUNITIES AND, AND THE PUBLIC IN TERMS OF, UM, WORKING ON THESE PROJECTS AND IDENTIFYING NEEDS IN THOSE AREAS.

SO THERE'S SEVERAL WAYS THAT WE'VE DONE THAT.

UH, COMMUNITY WALKS SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT IMPROVEMENT PLANS WITH CORRIDOR BUSINESSES, UH, HOSTING BUSINESS, OPEN HOUSE EVENTS, UM, TO REVIEW DESIGN SCENARIOS AND PRELIMINARY DESIGNS, UH, WEBSITES AND, YOU KNOW, NEWSLETTER UPDATES.

UM, SELECTING INPUT, UH, IN BUSINESS WORKSHOPS, UH, DIRECT MAILING LETTERS TO ALL CORRIDOR FACING PROPERTY OWNERS TO COMMUNICATE THE IMPROVEMENT PLANS, UM, MEETINGS WITH IMPACTED PROPERTY OWNERS OR MAOS TO HAVE DIRECT MEETINGS WITH FOLKS WHERE WE WERE PROPOSING, UH, CHANGES TO ACCESS, UM, TO THEIR PROPERTIES.

UM, AND OF COURSE, SOCIAL MEDIA, UH, TO KEEP THE LARGER AUSTIN COMMUNITY INVOLVED.

YOU KNOW, FACEBOOK, UH, X NEXT DOOR, AND THEN MEDIA, MEDIA ADVISORIES TO LEVERAGE THE MEDIA RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE HAVE, UM, TO SHARE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT, UH, PROGRESS.

UM, IN ADDITION, WE HELD PUBLIC MEETINGS, UH, TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THOSE, UH, PLAN IMPROVEMENTS ALONG THE CORRIDORS, AS WELL AS OPEN HOUSE EVENTS TO SHARE AND OBTAIN FEEDBACK ON THE DESIGN AND RETAIN, UH, AND REFINE THE DESIGN OF THE PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS.

UM, OBVIOUSLY THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC IN 2020 CAUSED A DISRUPTION TO A LOT OF OUR IN-PERSON, UH, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, AND CAUSED US TO PIVOT FROM AN IN-PERSON TO, UH, VIRTUAL MEETINGS.

UH, AS YOU MAY KNOW, THOUGH, THERE'S VARYING SUCCESS WITH VIRTUAL MEETINGS.

UH, MANY OF THE TACTICS THAT WE NEEDED AT THE TIME WERE TO BE RESPONSIVE TO A PH GUIDANCE AND SHIFTING THE FORMS OF COMMUNICATION.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAD A COFFEE ON THE CORRIDOR THAT BECAME, UM, COFFEE ON THE COUCH, WHICH WAS MORE OF A, UM, YOU KNOW, A VIRTUAL TYPE OF MEETING, SAME KIND OF THEORY, BUT THEN WE HAD VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARINGS, UH, MOBILITY BOND OFFICE HOURS, WHICH FEATURED CITY STAFF THAT WERE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS, UH, COMPLETED PROJECTS, UM, AND PROJECT SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS, VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR BUSINESSES, UM, IN ADDITION TO PRESENTATIONS TO NEIGHBORHOOD AND HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS TO ENSURE THE FOLKS THAT WERE DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY THE CONSTRUCTION HAVE THE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEEDED.

AND THEN OB UH, TUCK TOUCH A TRUCK EVENTS, WHICH IS ONE OF OUR, UH, MORE POPULAR EVENTS FOR THE COMMUNITY WHEN WE START CONSTRUCTION MARKETING HEAVY EQUIPMENT OUT THERE FOR, UH, FOLKS TO HAVE A LOOK AT AND THAT KIND OF THING.

UM, QUICK UPDATE ON OVERALL, UM, PLAN ENGAGEMENT.

YOU SEE HERE AS WE MOVE THROUGH, UM, FROM 2017, UH, ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO 2024, UM, ONGOING, THE OUTREACH DURING THE DESIGN PHASE IS OBVIOUSLY A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN DURING CONSTRUCTION, WHERE WE TAKE IN COMMUNITY INPUT, UH, DEVELOP THAT AND REFINE THE PROPOSED DESIGNS AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

I THINK AN IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE HERE IS DURING THE, UM, DESIGN AND AND PRELIMINARY NEEDS PROCESS, THERE'S IDENTIFIED NEED FOR ABOUT $1.7 BILLION WORTH OF IMPROVEMENTS ALONG THE CORRIDORS.

OBVIOUSLY, WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT MUCH MONEY TO FUND THE FULL IMPROVEMENTS, SO THEN WE'RE LOOKING AT A CASE WHERE WE ARE IDENTIFYING PRIORITY IMPROVEMENTS TO FUND A FULL PROJECT, AS WELL AS, UH, PROVIDING, UM, IMPROVEMENTS ALONG ALL OF THE CORRIDORS THAT DO PROVIDE SOME BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY, AND SOMETHING THAT COULD ALSO BE INTEGRATED INTO A FUTURE PHASE AS

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WE MOVE FORWARD AND, AND HOPEFULLY OBTAIN, UH, MORE FUNDING FOR THESE, THESE MUCH NEEDED, UH, MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS.

AT A HIGH LEVEL, WANTED TO GO THROUGH THE PROJECTS THAT ON EACH OF THE CORRIDORS THAT WE'VE COMPLETED, WHAT'S IN CONSTRUCTION AND WHAT HAS UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION.

STARTING WITH AIRPORT BOULEVARD, WE COMPLETED A COUPLE OF INTERSECTIONS THERE.

THE NORTH LAMAR, UH, BOULEVARD TO 55TH STREET PROJECT IS NEARING COMPLETION.

I THINK THEY'VE FINISHED SOME FINAL PAVING, AS YOU CAN SEE THERE.

UM, THE INTERSECTION AT 40TH STREET AND AIRPORT BOULEVARD, UH, IS IMPROVEMENTS THERE THAT, THAT ARE IN CONSTRUCTION NOW, SOON TO BE COMPLETED, AS WELL AS HARVEY.

UM, NEXT PHASE CONSTRUCTION UPCOMING, UM, THE 55TH TO 45TH STREET ALONG AIRPORT THAT'S GONNA BE SHARED USE PATHS ON, ON THE, UM, WEST SIDE OF THE STREET, UH, DELIVERED VIA IDIQ OR INDEFINITE, UH, DELIVERY, INDEFINITE QUANTITY.

UM, THEN THE EAST MLK, UM, BOULEVARD MOHAN TRAIL BRIDGE, WHICH IS THE BRIDGE THAT GOES OVER THE RAILROAD ON AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

AND THEN FINALLY, THE MOHAN TRAIL BRIDGE TO, TO US 180 3.

THESE ARE, AGAIN, AREAS WHERE WE'VE IDENTIFIED THE NEED, UH, EXCEEDS THE FUNDING THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE.

SO WE'RE WORKING WITH, UM, COUNCIL OFFICES AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY TO, TO DETERMINE WHAT THOSE PRIORITY IMPROVEMENTS ARE AND WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THE MONEY THAT WE HAVE.

UM, AND ONE OF THOSE, THE PENDING ITEM THERE IS THE 45TH STREET TO EAST MLK.

THAT ACTUALLY TIES IN QUITE A BIT WITH THE PREVIOUS, UH, AGENDA ITEM THAT Y'ALL HAD WITH THE I 35.

UM, UH, CHANGES AND UPDATES THAT TDOT'S GOING THROUGH.

WE DON'T WANNA PUT ANYTHING IN THERE THAT THEN TDOT COMES IN AND, AND RIPS UP.

SO WE'RE WORKING ON COORDINATION WITH THEM ON THAT.

UH, FOR BURNETT ROAD, WE'VE COMPLETED THE CONEY G TO WHITEHORSE TRAIL INTERSECTION AND THE INTERSECTION OF BREAKER LANE IN CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW IS THE AUSTIN ENERGY CCRA KRAMER DRAINAGE SITE, WHICH ALLOWS US TO ACTUALLY DO ADDITIONAL WORK ON BURNETT ROAD.

UM, THAT WAS A, A PROJECT THAT WE NEEDED TO DO TO MITIGATE THE ADDITIONAL IMPERVIOUS COVER PER CODE, UH, FOR WATERSHED TO HANDLE A LARGE DRAINAGE AREA.

UM, UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

WE HAVE THE WHITE HORSE TRAIL, THE 180 3 BRIGHT VERDE WAY TO LOOP ONE AND 180 3 TO BRIGHT VERDE WAY.

THOSE ARE ALL PROJECTS THAT ARE IN THE FINAL STAGES OF, UH, DESIGN THAT ARE LOOKING TO BID THIS SPRING EARLY SUMMER.

UM, THE OVERALL GOAL FOR THE PROGRAM IS TO HAVE ALL OF OUR MAJOR IFB PROJECTS IN CONSTRUCTION BY DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

UH, I THINK THAT IS AN AMBITIOUS GOAL, BUT SOMETHING THAT IS, UH, ACHIEVABLE.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE PERMITTING AGENCIES, UM, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, WATERSHED PROTECTION, AUSTIN WATER, AS WELL AS TDOT TO GET PERMITS FOR ALL THESE PROJECTS.

WE CAN MOVE FORWARD INTO CONSTRUCTION.

UH, EAST RIVERSIDE.

UH, WE'VE COMPLETED MANY SIGNAL PROJECTS ALONG EAST RIVERSIDE.

UM, I THINK IMPORTANTLY TO NOTE HERE, THE EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR IS ONE THAT'S GONNA BE GREATLY AFFECTED BY PROJECT CONNECT AS IT MOVES THROUGH, UH, THE EAST RIVERSIDE AREA.

SO A LOT OF THE WORK ON THERE.

IT, UH, IN TERMS OF TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS, WE FOCUSED REALLY ON THE SIGNALS AND GETTING THOSE DONE AND THE PRIORITIES THAT WE NEEDED TO THERE.

AND THEN COORDINATION WITH PROJECT CONNECT AS THEY MOVE FORWARD WITH, UM, THEIR SCOPE.

UH, GUADALUPE STREET WAS ONE OF OUR EARLY OUT CORRIDORS THAT WE FINISHED MOST OF THE WORK ON.

AGAIN, THIS HAS A TIE IN WITH PROJECT CONNECT AS WELL.

UM, BUT WORKING ON CONTRAFLOW TRANSIT LANES AND SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS ON OASIS, UM, AND 24TH STREET, NORTH LAMA, NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD, UH, SOME SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED.

UM, THE, THE NORTH LAMAR BOULEVARD CORRIDOR IS PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING DUE TO THE UTILITY CONFLICTS AND THE, UM, AMOUNT OF RIGHT OF AWAY THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE HERE TO PROVIDE, UM, FULL IMPROVEMENTS.

SO, UM, THERE ARE A SERIES OF IFB PROJECTS THAT WE'RE GONNA BE WORKING THROUGH AND GETTING OUT TO, UM, CONSTRUCTION AGAIN, LIKE I SAID, BY THE DECEMBER, 2023 GOAL.

UM, IN ADDITION TO THE HOWARD LANE, CONTRAFLOW, CONTRAFLOW BUS LANE, AND SOME OTHER SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS AND THINGS, UH, MOVING FORWARD THERE FOR WILLIAM CANNON.

AGAIN, UH, SERIES OF SIGNAL PROJECTS TO IMPROVE CIRCULATION IN THAT AREA.

UH, WE HAVE A VERY LARGE ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON RUNNING WATER DRIVE FROM MCKINNEY FALLS PARK, UH, SORRY, ON WILLIAM CANNON FROM RUNNING WATER DRIVE TO MCKINNEY FALLS PARKWAY, AND THEN SIGNALS AT RIALTO VEGA STEVENSON, NATURE, NATURE PRESERVE, AND SUN STRIPP.